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3 Reasons Why Adopting a Shelter Dog is an Awesome Choice!

adopt a shelter dog blogOctober is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! Check out these reasons for choosing to adopt your next canine companion:

1. You’ll save a life! More than 2 million dogs are euthanized in the United States every year. Rescue dogs have a way have knowing they’ve been giving a second chance, and they’ll forever hold a very important place in your heart.

before and after shelter dog

2. Shelter dogs are capable of making incredible transformations. It’s true, some dogs in shelters have had a rough start. Whether their former owners weren’t stellar or they lost their family due to uncontrollable circumstances, it’s amazing what a loving second chance can do. The change you’ll likely notice will be inspiring.

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3. You’ll never be without a best friend. Do you need a hiking buddy? A cuddle partner? A happy face to come home to every day? No matter what you’re looking for in a canine companion, there’s a rescue dog out there that fits your lifestyle and is hoping for a new best friend too.

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  • Jeff hopkins October 14, 2015, 5:03 am

    We rescued a racing greyhound 5years ago. She had never been in a home environment but adapted immediately. A wonderful addition to our home. We love her and she loves us.

  • Carol Smith October 14, 2015, 6:28 am

    I’ve had three shelter dogs. One, a male Westie, I lost to cancer a year ago. I had him for 8 years and he was wonderful. He loved to play, swim in the pool, go for rides or just hang out on the couch. His companion, a female Westie I rescued from a puppy mill, is still going strong at 15. She has a few age-related health issues but is still a fabulous companion. A Golden Retriever boy (rescued from a neighbor before he went to a shelter) is also part of the family. After getting him, I took him to classes and he became a registered therapy dog. He is a favorite visitor to the nursing home. Shelters are the best place to find a FURever friend.

  • Dachshund Rescue NW October 14, 2015, 7:58 am

    How about saving a life when adopting from a dog rescue in addition to a shelter? There are many animals waiting in rescue for homes when we can do quality adoptions, not quantity. Many lives we have already saved when the shelters would of had to put down many pets due to lack of space.

    So there are thousands or hard working rescuers in addition to animal shelters so give us some love too please. How about an article what rescuers do in partnership with shelters to keep ones who need more training out of the shelter environment and would probably need to be put down? We try to get dogs and train them before they are overly stressed and deemed unadoptable by someone who does not know the breed with going to shelters. We also pull any unadoptable dogs when shelters place their dogs “as is.” The shelters can’t spend enough time to tell you a lot of specifics about each dog or cat like previous previous, etc. Yes, some shelters really do try to match to new families, but the critters live in cages. Most rescuers have them in their homes so us rescuers tend to know more about their charges and work to find the family to fit the dog. We do not allow dog shopping here or I want that color, for example. We place personalities where shelters can’t do that when they do quantity adoptions.

    At our dog rescue, we take in many dogs each year, spend months training and socializing them with many different volunteers then we place them in a well screened home so they are well matched. We never want our rescued returned to us unlike many shelter animals that bounce in and out of that animal shelter system when they do not screen adopters well enough due to lack of time. Many shelters do that so they do not have to put down animals due to lack of space as well.

    So your next article could focus on giving folks more details on stuff they do not know already. Folks could find their next adoptable critter of all kinds here: http://www.adoptapet.com or http://www.petfinder.com might of been great to add to the article above so if the reader was moved actually to adopt, so please give them the details they need to take the next step.

    • VetDepot October 14, 2015, 2:46 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Although it is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month, we absolutely support adoption from rescues as well! All of these reasons hold true for both shelter and rescue animals.

    • Nancy E Decrevel October 17, 2015, 8:06 am

      Oh yes..as a former Dachshund recued pet owner…I highly reccomend a specif breed rescue group..they DO WONDERS with animals who’s time have run out…God Bless you guys…MUCH< MUCH LOVE….WOOF !

  • Bill Cook October 14, 2015, 9:54 am

    We just got our first rescue in August. Louise is part dachshund and part beagle. It took her about 10 seconds to capture our hearts. A little longer to convince our Westie, Sophie. Every day when I get home from work, it’s like she hasn’t seen me in months. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, I can’t help but smile.

    • Maribeth March 28, 2017, 10:43 pm

      Humm, ce brownie à mon vote!!il a l'air teibjrle!r'ai fait un p'tit article pour te remercier sur mon blog. Passe une bonne journée Sophie, bises!

  • Margaret Scarcille October 14, 2015, 7:02 pm

    My latest rescue was so hurt emotionally, it took him two years to accept
    a Greenies treat from me. He has become one of the best behaved dogs I
    ever owned. He forces me to get out there twice a day and take long walks,
    rain, shine or snow.

  • Sandi October 14, 2015, 9:11 pm

    Over five years ago, we adopted our sweet female Westie mix from a rescue organization. I couldn’t do the work that they do — seeing so many pets abused and/or neglected. Our lovely Pearl adapted almost immediately and is our constant companion.

  • Rosalie October 21, 2015, 6:34 am

    We adopted our first rescue from Top Dog who picked up Marley from Ohio on his last day before euthanization. Our previous dog was a toy fox terrier who lived for 16 1/2 years so we were used to a smaller dog. Marley is a lab/ridgeback mix and weighs in at 60 plus pounds. He is the most responsive and by far the smartest dog we ever had. He is an excellent watchdog and an excellent companion. He will stare at you until you remember you forgot to give him his after dinner greenie. He will sit close to you until you stop what you are doing and give him some attention and a quick ear rub does the trick. He will dog-talk until you figure out what he wants and usually that involves a treat sitting nearby. He can be a very patient beggar just sitting with his back up against my leg waiting for me to share what snack I am having. He is a healthy and happy dog, always ready to go outside to play. Unfortunately for such a large dog there is not enough room in our family room for him to really expend his energy but once outside this dog can “fly”. It is such a pleasure watching this dog enjoy the outdoors for you get to see what joy of living really means. He is a beautiful animal if you see him outside and he is called a stud muffin at the vet. He came to us already neutered, housebroken, and crate – trained. He was kind of skittish about some things but he adjusted quickly which is probably due to being pampered—a lot. We are a retired couple, have had Marley for six years, and haver never regretted getting a rescue. It saddens me when I think this wonderful animal was due to be euthanized because we would never have had the chance to have such a wonderful animal as our own.

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